Hoi An – Cam Thah – Da Nang
After breakfast, towards to Cam Thanh. Located next to world heritage Hoi An and the world biosphere reserve Cham Islands, Cam Thanh coconut village is a popular tourist attraction, hosting thousands of foreign visitors every summer. The immense Cam Thanh coconut forest, regarded as the green lung of Hoi An, is almost a miniature of the Mekong river delta. The only difference between them is perhaps the means of transport used. In the Mekong delta, one travel s on three-plank wooden boats while in Cam Thanh, visitors use basket boats (thung chai) to go to the coconut forest. The pleasure of sitting in a basket boat weaving under coconut trees and seeing the beautiful scenery of a rural water region makes visitors feel attached to this place. The coconut forest has been growing for 200 years. The variety of coconut, which was brought by southwestern immigrants, perfectly fit the favourable soil and water conditions of the central region. From only a few hectares, the coconut trees have naturally grown into a forest with a total area of over 100 hectares. you can enjoy seeing or even participating in villagers’ coconut craft, which will give you a chance to explore the coconut forest ecosystem, learn about Vietnamese fishermen, their families and community’s daily life.
Heading to My Son Sanctuary, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which you should come visit during your trip to Da Nang or Hoi An. My Son Sanctuary may remind you of other similar sites of Hindu religion in Southeast Asian like the world-famous Angkor Wat. The sanctuary is a great example of the ancient Champa civilization (during the 2nd to the 17th century, before being occupied by Vietnam). The impressive Hindu-themed ruins feature magnificent stone sculptures, temples and towers. The complex consists of more than 70 structures dedicated to Hindu gods and goddesses. Shiva is the most noticeable one, which was considered as Champa’s kings’ protector.
Marble Mountain, is a cluster of five marble and limestone hills located in Ngu an Son Disrict, south of Da Nang city in Vietnam. The five mountains are named after the five elements: Kim (metal), Thuy (water), Moc (wood), Hoa (fire) and Tho (earth). All of the mountains have cave entrances and numerous tunnels, and it is possible to climb to the summit of Mount Thuy. Several Buddhist sanctuaries can also be found within the mountains, making this a tourist destination. The area is known for stone sculpture making and stone-cutting crafts. Direct rock extraction from the mountains was banned recently. Materials are now being transported from quarries in Quang Nam Province.
Stone Carving Village, which is a typical and unique craft village to the south of the City. Situated at the foot of the Marble Mountains in Ngu Hanh Son District’s Hoa Hai Ward, this craft village has a proud history covering more than 200 years. The founder of the village was craftsman Huynh Ba Quat from Thanh Hoa Province. In the late 18th century, he and others from his hometown brought their families to live in this village. There is a place of worship here now which is dedicated to the founding ancestors of the village, and the villagers hold a special ceremony on the 6th day of the 1st lunar month every year to honour their ancestors. You will have a chance to explore a local craft village and watch skilful carvers creating their beautiful sculptures.
The rest of the day is yours to do as little or as much as you like, heading to the My Khe beach to soak up the sun.
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner